Computer programs release updates regularly, sometimes in a quarterly basis, though there are also others that update their software every year. But for others, instead of simply releasing an update of a current software, they would instead release an entirely new version of the software, which contains a lot of bug fixes, enhancements, and new features. Some of these software may be well-received when the new version comes out, while some may also be criticized for some reason, and this is why there is a constant change in the list of the best programs year after year.
The same thing can be said with illustration tools, wherein graphic artists and illustrators would look for those software which are user-friendly, yet capable of handling complex tasks and graphic illustrations. Listed below are 8 of the best new illustration tools in 2017, and by new, we don’t entirely mean that it’s a new release, it could also mean new updates that were released this year. Feel free to check out the list below.
Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editor both developed and published by Adobe Systems that deals with raster images. The first version of Photoshop was released in 1990, and 27 years later, it has become one of the top-selling graphics editor in the market. The most recent version – Photoshop CC 2018 – was released just recently this month, and is compatible on both Windows and Mac computers.
Now that we have just mentioned about the raster graphics editor from Adobe, we will now move on to their vector graphics editor, which is Adobe Illustrator. The first version of Illustrator came out three years earlier than Photoshop, and its most recent one – Illustrator CC 2018 – came out just this month together with the latest from Photoshop.
CorelDRAW, one of the most notable alternative editing tools to Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator, comes the most recent version of their widely used software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017. This is a vector graphics editing tool developed by Corel Corporation, and was released for Microsoft Windows computers on April 11, 2017. With CorelDRAW, their primary file format used is the CDR, though they also use other file formats which include the CDX, CDT, and the CMX.
ArtRage 5 is the most recent release from the company that wants every artist to express themselves using natural painting tools and powerful utilities, regardless if they are experienced or not. ArtRage works on both macOS and Windows computers, and has everything from realistic paint textures and colors, to convenient digital editing tools.
We have previously mentioned about ArtRage in a separate article that listed down some of the best graphic design tools. If you are interested to read about that, feel free to check out our list of the top ten graphic design apps and tools for designers.
Inkscape may be what you need. Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor used for creating or editing illustrations, diagrams, logos, and other files that use vectors for elements.
If you are looking for more designer tools that you can download at no cost, you may refer to our list of some of the best free-to-download software for graphic designers.
Autodesk, the software company that developed one of the most-used CAD software, AutoCAD (also their flagship software), also brings you Sketchbook Pro, which is a pixel graphics editing software. Sketchbook Pro, or simply Sketchbook, is developed for the intention of making expressing drawings and concept sketches. This earlier versions of this software was developed by Alias Systems Corporation, before the rights were purchased by Autodesk.
Whether you are working on vector logos or vector icons, you may also want to try out Affinity Designer. This is a vector graphics editing software developed initially for the macOS, though it eventually found its way to Microsoft Windows in 2016. This software has been considered one of the fastest and smoothest vector graphics editor, regardless of what time of design you are working on.
Here is another propriety software for macOS computers, just like Affinity Designer, but unlike the previous software, this has not yet been released for Windows computers up to this day and has since been a macOS exclusive. Sketch is an award-winning vector graphics editing software developed by Bohemian Coding for Apple’s macOS, which was first released in 2010. So, if you are using a Mac computer for creating or editing your vector textures or vector palettes, you may want to give this software a try.